Copyright and The Cost of Imagination Foregone

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Copyright and The Cost of Imagination Foregone

Law G08
185 Pelham Street


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As Australian policymakers enter the third decade of grappling with the challenge of adapting copyright law to the modern era, they enter a polarized, unproductive debate that pits tech innovation interests against the interests of creators invested in their copyrights. In reality, creators have at least as much interest in user rights (exception and limitations) as they do in copyright monopoly rights. Aufderheide will discuss her research, primarily from the U.S. but with some data from ongoing research in Australia, with creative organizations and creators on their use of copyright exceptions and limitations. The U.S. research demonstrates the difference in creative potential and productivity when creators are able to access functional exceptions.


  • Professor Patricia  Aufderheide
    Professor Patricia Aufderheide, American University